Been a bit of a week here in the UK eh! Praise be for books to escape into – if only we could live in book land all the time!!
Anyway here’s a brief wrap up of all i’ve read this week and it won’t be too long as I’m feeling bleurgh today so my bed is calling me back!
Been a successful week on the reading front with 6 books finished and all kept me amused in one way or another too! No stinkers allowed!!
Please click on the Book Title for a link to my GoodReads review
A Gathering of Ravens by Scott Oden – 5 stars!
Defectors by Joseph Kanon – 4 stars!
Miss Jane by Brad Watson – 3 stars!
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through The Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll – 5 stars for both!!
OK… I am getting a little concerned now! Lost track of how many weeks it has been since I’ve had a real good splurge in a bookshop or charity shop – there may even be gaps now appearing on my bookshelves! This can’t be good surely?!! 😉
Did download one onto my Kindle the other day to take advantage of the 99p price tag!
The Private Lives of the Tudors by Tracy Borman
‘I do not live in a corner. A thousand eyes see all I do.’ Elizabeth I
The Tudor monarchs were constantly surrounded by an army of attendants, courtiers and ministers. Even in their most private moments, they were accompanied by a servant specifically appointed for the task. A groom of the stool would stand patiently by as Henry VIII performed his daily purges, and when Elizabeth I retired for the evening, one of her female servants would sleep at the end of her bed.
These attendants knew the truth behind the glamorous exterior. They saw the tears shed by Henry VII upon the death of his son Arthur. They knew the tragic secret behind ‘Bloody’ Mary’s phantom pregnancies. And they saw the ‘crooked carcass’ beneath Elizabeth I’s carefully applied makeup, gowns and accessories.
It is the accounts of these eyewitnesses, as well as a rich array of other contemporary sources that historian Tracy Borman has examined more closely than ever before. With new insights and discoveries, and in the same way that she brilliantly illuminated the real Thomas Cromwell – The Private Life of the Tudors will reveal previously unexamined details about the characters we think we know so well.
And then I may have been browsing on NetGalley in a weak moment and this one caught my eye as I am a huge fan of his previous work – A Man Called Ove and Britt-Marie was here – so intriged to see how this measures up!
The Scandal by Fredrik Backman
‘Late one evening towards the end of March, a teenager picked up a double-barrelled shotgun, walked into the forest, put the gun to someone else’s forehead and pulled the trigger. This is the story of how we got there.’
Beartown is a small town in a large Swedish forest.
For most of the year it is under a thick blanket of snow, experiencing the kind of cold and dark that brings people closer together – or pulls them apart.
Its isolation means that Beartown has been slowly shrinking with each passing year. But now the town is on the verge of an astonishing revival. Everyone can feel the excitement. Change is in the air and a bright new future is just around the corner.
Until the day it is all put in jeopardy by a single, brutal act. It divides the town into those who think it should be hushed up and forgotten, and those who’ll risk the future to see justice done. At last, it falls to one young man to find the courage to speak the truth that it seems no one else wants to hear.
With the town’s future at stake, no one can stand by or stay silent. Everyone is on one side or the other.
Which side would you be on?
INVINCIBLE SUMMER BY ALICE ADAMS
Four friends. Twenty years. One unexpected journey. Inseparable throughout college, Eva, Benedict, Sylvie, and Lucien graduate in 1997, into an exhilarating world on the brink of a new millennium. Hopelessly in love with playboy Lucien and eager to shrug off the socialist politics of her upbringing, Eva breaks away to work for a big bank. Benedict, a budding scientist who’s pined for Eva for years, stays on to complete his PhD in physics, devoting his life to chasing particles as elusive as the object of his affection. Siblings Sylvie and Lucien, never much inclined toward mortgages or monogamy, pursue more bohemian existences-she as an aspiring artist and he as a club promoter and professional partyer. But as their twenties give way to their thirties, the group struggles to navigate their thwarted dreams. Scattered across Europe and no longer convinced they are truly the masters of their fates, the once close-knit friends find themselves filled with longing for their youth- and for one another. Broken hearts and broken careers draw the foursome together again, but in ways they never could have imagined.
A dazzling depiction of the highs and lows of adulthood, Invincible Summer is a story about finding the courage to carry on in the wake of disappointment, and a powerful testament to love and friendship as the constants in an ever-changing world.
Just the one on the go at the moment as i’m in need of a good session of organising piles and downloads before deciding what to embark on next!!
Hope some of these books have interested you – have you read any of them before? Did your view differ from mine? And what are you reading now? Always happy to hear about new books to check out!